First Alert Action Day TODAY due to severe weather - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

First Alert Action Day TODAY due to severe weather

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A First Alert Action Day has been issued for Wednesday, December 23 due to the possibility of severe thunderstorms capable of producing hail, high winds and tornadoes.

Conditions are coming together for a dangerous outbreak of thunderstorms.

Showers and thunderstorms were developing over TX and AR to our southwest, moving northeast as of 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Those storms are likely to be in the southeast Missouri area as early as 4 a.m. on Wednesday.

These should not be severe though small hail and gusty winds will be possible. As we progress through the day morning storms will move out of the area and new storms will develop. The storms that develop during the late morning and afternoon hours will be capable of producing hail high winds and tornadoes. The atmosphere is set up to where EF2 through EF4 tornadoes could occur. The greatest threat for tornadoes appears to be across our southern counties at this time.

If you are traveling today PLEASE pay attention to the weather. Have someone with you that can monitor our app to show warnings.

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Areas around Little Rock, Ark.; Memphis, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; Huntsville, Ala. and Jackson, Mississippi are under the greatest risk for violent tornadoes.

If you are heading in that direction stay weather alert.

If you are traveling north of the area there will still be a chance of thunderstorms, but the overall tornado threat looks lower. There is a chance the tornado threat could increase north into central Illinois if we see a few more breaks in the clouds.

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